Current Role at Stanford

Associate Dean for Knowledge Management, Director of Lane Medical Library & Knowledge Management Center

Lane Medical Library accelerates scientific discovery, clinical care, medical education and humanities through teaching, collaboration, and delivery of biomedical and historical resources.

Education & Certifications

  • AHIP, Medical Library Association, Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (2003)
  • MLA, Stanford University, History of Medicine (2003)
  • MLS, University of Washington, Library and Information Science (1993)
  • BA, University of California, San Diego, Art History & Criticism (1989)

All Publications

  • To boldly go‚Ķimplementing knowledge management / ed. by L. Zipperer. Gower, 2014. Knowledge Management in Healthcare Zipperer, L., Eblen Townsend, K., Heilemann, H. Gower. 2014
  • Influence of the Casserius Tables on fetal anatomy illustration and how we envision the unborn JOURNAL OF THE MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION Heilemann, H. A. 2011; 99 (1): 23-30


    The paper demonstrates how visual representation of the fetus in early anatomy texts influenced the reader's perception of the unborn child as an autonomous being.The health, art, and history literatures were used as sources. Original texts and illustrations, with particular attention paid to the Casserius Tables, published by Andreas Spigelius in 1627, are discussed.A review of the literature was conducted to identify and analyze published renderings, reproductions, and discussion of images of the unborn child. Original anatomy atlases were consulted.Artists' renderings of a particularly vulnerable state of human life influenced early perceptions of the status of the unborn child. The images show fetuses as highly independent, providing a visual cue that life is fully formed in utero.The legacy of the Casserius Tables is that they are still able to capture our attention because they portray the idea of a fetus and newborn even more clearly than our modern representations of this charged topic. The use of deceptive realism provides the viewer with an accessible visual representation of the unborn child. These early anatomy illustrations continue to influence modern-day perception of the unborn child as a separate being, completely autonomous from the mother.

    View details for DOI 10.3163/1536-5050.99.1.006

    View details for Web of Science ID 000288700700006

    View details for PubMedID 21243052

  • SmartSearch: automated recommendations using librarian expertise and the National Center for Biotechnology Information's Entrez Programming Utilities JOURNAL OF THE MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION Steinberg, R. M., Zwies, R., Yates, C., Stave, C., Pouliot, Y., Heilemann, H. A. 2010; 98 (2): 171-175

    View details for DOI 10.3163/1536-5050.98.2.012

    View details for Web of Science ID 000277447300012

    View details for PubMedID 20428285

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC2859267

  • Laneconnex: an Integrated Biomedical Digital Library Interface Information Technology and Libraries 2008; 28 (1): 29-37